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Gawayn is a Zany Cartoon in which Princess Gwendolyn is about to be crowned queen before the villainous Duke decides to interrupt, placing a curse upon her which shrinks her down to size... Literally! In order to reverse this curse and regain her lost kingdom (now in the hands of the Duke), she must go on a quest to find the crystal of Gawayn. Accompanying her along the way is knight Sir Roderick, William the young knight-in-training, his sister and sorceress Inept Mage Elspeth, and Xiao Long, skilful in the area of martial arts. Together they set off, experiencing all kinds of adventures, obstacles and setbacks on their journey, meanwhile the Duke and his snarky companion Rex frantically try to stop them using one outrageous scheme after another.


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Gawayn provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Sir Roderick and Princess Gwendolyn are the large ones, Elspeth is the skinny and tall one, and William and Xiao Long are the short ones.
  • Cutlery Escape Aid: Xiao Long manages to dig a very long tunnel in an attempt to help himself and the other questers (sans Roderick) escape jail in an episode with a fork.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Rex sometimes gets this.
  • Dumb Blonde: Sir Roderick is a male example.
    "You have my word as a knight, and a blonde!"
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In one episode, Gwendolyn and Roderick have to travel inside a dragon to kill the germ causing its acid reflux.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Xiao Long manages to dig a very long tunnel in an attempt to help himself and the other questers (sans Roderick) escape jail in an episode with a fork.
  • Fattening the Victim: In one episode, a group of natives feed Sir Roderick plan to sacrifice Sir Roderick to the volcano god. However, they first feed him 27 pizzas to fatten him up and make him a suitable sacrifice.
  • F--: When Elspeth has to go to magic school to get her diploma, the Duke sabotages her exams; causing her to get an F, then an F minus, then an F minus minus.
  • For the Evulz: The Duke's words and actions often fall into this trope.
    Duke: What do you expect? I'm evil.
    Rex: When he's not being stupid.
  • Funny Animal - Rex is caught somewhere between this and Civilised Animal thanks to the occasional Furry Reminder and Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag.
  • Furry Confusion: There are a lot of animals present, but they cover an entire spectrum in regards to where they stand anthropomorphically speaking. You have Funny Animal characters like Rex, and then characters which simply show Amplified Animal Aptitude, such as Griselda, and then all kinds in-between.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: William.
  • The Gambling Addict: Sir Roderick becomes one for an episode in Casino Quest.
  • Good-Times Montage: Gwendolyn and Kenneth the doll have one of these in Play Date.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Elspeth's spell book, the Great Book of Magic.
  • Hammerspace: Sir Roderick's armour. He can also completely retreat inside of it...
  • Harmless Villain: The Duke falls under this category in many instances.
  • Heads, Tails, Edge: Happens in the first episode when the coin that was flipped gets stuck in a small gap in the bridge.
  • Humanlike Animal Aging: Rex and the Duke have been shown to know each other since before they could talk.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Xiao Long in some episodes. In fact, there was an episode devoted to the group's over-reliance on him.
    • Rex would also count in regards to the Duke.
All Asians Know Martial Arts* Kiai: Xiao Long.All Asians Know Martial Arts* Knight In Shining Armour: Sir Roderick.All Asians Know Martial Arts* Lady and Knight: Gwendolyn and Roderick.
  • Laugh with Me!: In the first episode, the Duke pauses his his Evil Laugh and asks Rex in annoyance, "Why aren't you laughing?"
  • Leitmotif: The same ominous piece of music plays every time we get a shot of the Duke's castle, or when the scene simply changes to show what he's up to. The show also has several common tunes which serve as the background music at various points.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Xiao Long's "Big... Mistake!"
  • Princesses Rule: Gwendolyn is portrayed as the rightful ruler of her kingdom. Her parents have never been seen or even mentioned, however this trope is probably justified in that Gwendolyn was shown as just about to be crowned queen before her kingdom was hijacked.
  • Road Sign Reversal: The Duke employs this in an episode in order to send the questers off into the wrong direction.
    Rex: That is the lamest plan ever! You're gonna get them lost?! How exciting...
  • Taken for Granite: The beavers from the first episode do this to anyone who fails to ask them a question they can't answer.
  • Tempting Fate: "Don't worry Princess, we're safe now!"
  • Token Non-Human: An all-human cast... And then Rex, a cockroach!
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Having won a fake Crystal of Gawayn in a game show, Roderick tries to get it to work by licking it. At this point, he discovers it is actually made of ice as it sticks to his tongue.
  • Trap Door: All of the questers (except Xiao Long) fall victim to this in an episode.
  • Troll Bridge: Nevercross Bridge, except it's guarded by beavers instead of a troll(s). The typical set-up of the travellers needing to answer a question is also inverted; those wishing to pass must ask the beavers a question that they can't answer in order to be able to cross.

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